9 days in Wilmington, Chapel Hill & Asheville Itinerary

9 days in Wilmington, Chapel Hill & Asheville Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Carolina trip itinerary planner

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Wilmington
— 3 nights
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Chapel Hill
— 1 night
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Asheville
— 4 nights
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Wilmington

— 3 nights
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
Family-friendly places like Battleship North Carolina and New Hanover County Arboretum will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Airlie Gardens, stroll the grounds of Wilmington National Cemetery, explore the activities along Cape Fear River, and take an in-depth tour of Cape Fear Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Wilmington trip maker site.

New York City to Wilmington is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in Wilmington at 74°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chapel Hill.

Things to do in Wilmington

Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

Chapel Hill

— 1 night
Chapel Hill is a town in Durham and Orange Counties, and the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care. On the 10th (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at Brumley Forest Nature Preserve, then view the masterpieces at FRANK Gallery, and then tee off at UNC Finley Golf Course. Keep things going the next day: deepen your understanding at University of North Carolina, see the interesting displays at The Carolina Basketball Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Coker Arboretum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Chapel of the Cross.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chapel Hill day trip planning site.

You can drive from Wilmington to Chapel Hill in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Chapel Hill can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Chapel Hill

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tumblestone Tours and Transportation and The North Carolina Arboretum. Get out of town with these interesting Asheville side-trips: Dollywood (in Pigeon Forge), River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Gatlinburg (Zipline & Fowler's Clay Works). There's still lots to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Saint Lawrence, meet the residents at Western North Carolina Nature Center, and view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

Plan my day in Asheville using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Chapel Hill to Asheville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Chapel Hill in April, Asheville is a bit cooler at night with lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Adventure

Side Trips